#GivingTuesday is easy. Pick a charity. Participate!

With the festive season upon us, it’s a time for giving, connecting and improving community, and acknowledging the things we’re grateful for.

Giving Tuesday is a movement to create an international day of giving at the beginning of the holiday season. It was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism. Learn more from the #GivingTuesday website. It’s about taking action where you find it’s most needed. It’s about donation, volunteering, and community service. In our case it’s all these and having a party!

Please see some of the inspiring work our partners past and present engage in. And discover more below.


YWCA Toronto Girls’ Centre

YWCA Toronto has created a space for girls to speak openly about how to treat themselves, and how to treat each other, in an effort to challenge gender stereotypes in media and more. Here, older girls get a chance to lead. And younger girls get role models they can relate with. Current programs include mentoring, media creation, and Summer and March Break camps about life skills and self-esteem. The YWCA Toronto’s Girls’ Centre also partners with schools, community agencies and organizations to offer girls support, help and guidance.

Come to HoHoTO on Friday, December 11th and support the YWCA Toronto’s Girls’ Centre! Please also participate year-round, sponsor HoHoTO, volunteer or spread the word.

YWCA Toronto Girls' Centre

Daily Bread Food Bank

Daily Bread Food Bank Website

HoHoTO has raised over $350,000 for the Daily Bread in the last six years, as well as gave four tonnes of food. In fact we’re there today helping out! Make a gift on Giving Tuesday to Daily Bread Food Bank and they’ll be able to continue to provide nutritious food to people struggling with hunger through a network of almost 200 food programs across Toronto.
Your HoHoTO at volunteering at Daily Bread,

Canada Helps

Canada Helps Website on GivingTuesday

Canada Helps is a one-stop shop for Canadians to donate and fundraise online for any registered Canadian charity.

More than a party with purpose. #HoHoTo

Ryan's article

See Ryan Taylor’s post on LinkedIn about HoHoTO’s new direction and request for mentors and partners. A copy is below.

More than a party with purpose. #HoHoTo
Published on November 6, 2015
Ryan Taylor
Founder, CEO at Consensas

In 2008, I shared an incredible experience with some incredible people co-founding a tech industry event called #HoHoTo; since then it has raised almost $400k for local food banks. That is a legacy for everyone who participated or attended to be extremely proud.

This year though we’re pivoting the event away from food and philanthropy to focus on impact and opportunity. We recognized #HoHoTo is more than just a ‘party with purpose‘ and that it had so much more potential as a hub that connects efforts to engage more women and minorities in entrepreneurial, digital, and engineering pursuits. It is a celebration of our collective influence to make positive contributions to the next generation of our community.

Our initial efforts will be directed at supporting a more comprehensive network for young women in the GTA to explore their prospective futures. The event will be the same great tech industry party it’s always been, just with a twist. Ahead of the event we’re inviting young women to meet with mentors and various agencies, like Ladies Learning Code, to ask questions, get advice and build new meaningful relationships.

2015 is just the beginning of a 3-year community challenge, to promote and fund a single GTA Girls Center. We finally have our sponsorship info [PDF] and updated website. We’re looking for mentors and partners; please join us in this worthy endeavor.

The Details:
See hohoto.ca or, please reach out to me personally if you’d like to join us with organizing efforts.